The Three

The Three

Book - 2014
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Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he's right?

The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

Dubbed 'The Three' by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioural problems, presumably caused by the horror they lived through and the unrelenting press attention. This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children's behaviour becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival...
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316242905
Characteristics: 471 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 08, 2018

Strangely disjointed. Written in a weird style. Becomes boring, and ultimately unreadable. I was unable to finish it.

Apr 14, 2017

I really enjoyed this book at the beginning but I gradually got bored with it and the style of writing. Didn't finish it.

Nov 15, 2015

I have to admit up front that I read the second book in this series (Day Four) before I knew it was a series. It's written in the style of reports from interviewees after 4 planes crash around the world on the same day. There are 3 survivors, all children, who quickly become the center of every kind of wacko theory Lotz could come up with, and I could totally see this happening.
Although the kids' survivals are inexplicable, considering the wreckage at each crash site, their behavior weirds out the people close to them--they're different, and not always in a good way.
The format of the story doesn't help, chopping up the stories and jumping back and forth.
You don't need to read this one before "Day Four", so I'd recommend skipping it and moving along:)

DPLchandra Oct 02, 2015

Wonderfully creepy and absorbing. I could not put this down. The way this is written, as a series of interviews, transcripts and news articles increased my desire to just keep reading, reading, reading.

Mar 20, 2015

captivating beginning...and then it slowly unwound... too many random details,too many unimportant characters speculating on the phenomenon of 'miraculous survival' . I was pounding my head at page 412...

Jul 30, 2014

This novel really tripped me out. Back in the 1970's and 1980's, when I was growing up Pentecostal, I got a heavy dose of all this Rapture/Pre-
Millenialism/Post-Millenialism hoo-hah.
I've gotta say, Sarah Lotz nails that just
right, is spot on: This is a very authentic view. One small negative: Her Texas and American characters all sound just a tad too British (I notice the
author lives in South Africa), maybe a spot more research on American dialects/how Americans sound. In an interesting twist, a hard line fundamentalist Christian wins the White House, taking America down the road to becoming a theocracy, and the ending feels a A good effort.

Jul 23, 2014

I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy. It was well worth it. Interesting and authentic feeling writing style, and extremely creepy scenarios, but not overdone. There's already a sequel in the works and I can hardly wait.

debwalker May 16, 2014

Buzz is building...four plane crashes on the same day leave behind mysterious survivors...coincidence?


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